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TAM A320 Vs. Hail Storm (pics)

Sat Apr 29, 2006 11:43 am

On the 28th of March, 2006, a JJ A320 (PT-MZV) operating JJ3012 from CWB to CGH reportedly flew into a CB (cumulus-nimbus) and had its radome shattered by hails. The windshield also cracked and the flight diverted to GRU.
Quote from the captain: "We saw the windshield crack, we had 0 visibility. The biggest surprise awaited us when we deplaned - the radome was missing".







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RE: TAM A320 Vs. Hail Storm (pics)

Sat Apr 29, 2006 12:11 pm

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RE: TAM A320 Vs. Hail Storm (pics)

Sat Apr 29, 2006 1:02 pm

Ouch!! That was hard!! Does anyone here has some more experiences as crews or pax to share?

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RE: TAM A320 Vs. Hail Storm (pics)

Sat Apr 29, 2006 2:06 pm

That's pretty wild, I have some pics somewhere of an Easyjet aircraft that had a similar experience, the radome wasn't removed but pretty banged up, the windscreen was cracked and there were dents and holes in the leading edges.
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RE: TAM A320 Vs. Hail Storm (pics)

Sun Apr 30, 2006 6:40 am

That looks pretty bad. Does anybody know how expensive a radome is?
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RE: TAM A320 Vs. Hail Storm (pics)

Sun Apr 30, 2006 6:49 am

Let's just say a plastic piece the size of a fist broke off the trailing edge of an AC A320 wing a while back....and it was a good $800. I dare not even ask how much a radome would be.
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RE: TAM A320 Vs. Hail Storm (pics)

Sun Apr 30, 2006 7:06 am

Quoting Andz (Reply 3):
I have some pics somewhere of an Easyjet aircraft that had a similar experience

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There was also an incident in 2003 with a bmi A321 at Manchester with hail damage too.

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RE: TAM A320 Vs. Hail Storm (pics)

Sun Apr 30, 2006 7:09 am

Quoting LH450 (Reply 4):
That looks pretty bad. Does anybody know how expensive a radome is?

Probably not as expensive as the radar unit that was destroyed underneath it
 
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RE: TAM A320 Vs. Hail Storm (pics)

Sun Apr 30, 2006 9:59 am

Air Transat had a nasty in LYON I think that was the city?!?! On one of their L-1011's a while back. Did a real nasty job on it. I am not sure if they wrote if off or not?

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RE: TAM A320 Vs. Hail Storm (pics)

Sun Apr 30, 2006 10:44 am

I would have payed money to see the look on the captain's face when he realised the radome was gone
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RE: TAM A320 Vs. Hail Storm (pics)

Sun Apr 30, 2006 11:11 am

Well that seems like a fun day as a pilot and I wonder what lucky family had that radome land in their yard! Hopefully it just landed in the water or somewhere unpopulated.

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RE: TAM A320 Vs. Hail Storm (pics)

Sun Apr 30, 2006 11:20 am

Quoting Antiuser (Thread starter):
reportedly flew into a CB (cumulus-nimbus)

hmmm, One of the things I was taught during flight training to never, ever, ever do if it could be avoided.....any word what made him fly into it ?


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RE: TAM A320 Vs. Hail Storm (pics)

Sun Apr 30, 2006 9:46 pm

did the destruction of the radar have any effect on the ability of the flight crew to navigate and fly the plane safely?? or are there back-up radars or somesuch?? sorry if this is a silly question, im just curious!
 
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RE: TAM A320 Vs. Hail Storm (pics)

Sun Apr 30, 2006 11:45 pm

Quoting Timboflier215 (Reply 12):



did the destruction of the radar have any effect on the ability of the flight crew to navigate and fly the plane safely

With no Radome & in rain,unlikely the Radar system would function normally.

Was there a noticable control problem minus the radome.

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RE: TAM A320 Vs. Hail Storm (pics)

Sun Apr 30, 2006 11:51 pm

Quoting Airman99o (Reply 8):
Air Transat had a nasty in LYON I think that was the city?!?! On one of their L-1011's a while back. Did a real nasty job on it. I am not sure if they wrote if off or not?

IIRC they eventually wrote that one off.


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